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Who wrote the anonymous explanations of Rashi printed within the text of Rashi? Sometimes when reading Rashi's commentary on the Torah one finds comments in parentheses that say things such as:

  • ס"א, (another text of Rashi, = ספר אחר) or גי' רא"ם (the version of the Mizrachi, = גירסת רבינו אליהו מזרחי)
  • A brief explanation of Rashi ending in וק"ל (and easy to understand, =וקל להבין) or ודו"ק

It seems remarkable that all of these comments are retained in most editions of Rashi (HaMa'or edition being a notable exception). For example, in Rashi to Shemos 22:22, the same gloss is contained in these many, many, many, many, many, many editions.

Who wrote these? (He obviously lived after the time of the Mizrachi, who lived in the fifteenth and sixteenth century.) It's a little unusual to give over a Dvar Torah in the name of Reb Anonymous.

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simlar judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14738/759 –  Double AA Feb 14 '13 at 4:22
What do you have against the שיטה לא נודע למי? –  Double AA Feb 14 '13 at 4:24
That gloss doesn't show up in this manuscript. –  Double AA Feb 14 '13 at 4:34
I cannot put this in an answer, since I had this question a little while ago and I wasn't able to get it verified, but I think the individual responsible was Rabbi Shabbetai Bass, the author of Siftei Chachamim. I can't confirm that, sorry, so I don't know if it helps. –  Shimon bM Feb 14 '13 at 6:52
you never heard of Anonymous of Mainz? He wrote all the piyuttim that don't have acrostics. –  Clint Eastwood Feb 3 at 4:43
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